Race Cards

By Selina Thompson

What: Installation

Where: Hull Central Library, Hull, HU1 3TF

When: Thursday March 28th. From noon, last admission at 8pm.

Friday March 29th. From 10am, last admission at 8pm.

Saturday March 30th. From 10am, last admission at 3pm.

Tickets: No booking required. Entry is free. Four people can be admitted to the installation at a time. Simply turn up!

A room containing 1000 questions about race, written by Selina Thompson in three sittings across 24 hours one weekend in Edinburgh. You’re invited to answer one of them.

65. Are you black, or are you ‘new black’?

170. What is the long term psychological impact of white supremacy on people of colour?

220. My mum does not talk about race anymore. It makes her uncomfortable, tired. Will this happen to me?

307. Why do people assume that racism will just passively die out if we wait long enough?

440. Are you angry?

541. What ever happened to Kony 2012?

660. Who is more problematic – famous racist Nigel Farage, or the liberal
journalist politely asking him questions?

720. When does it all end?

In this constantly evolving installation and archive, Thompson invites participants to supply their own answers to the many facets of race and racism in modern society.

“Thoughtful, generous, brave and unspeakably brilliant.”Maddy Costa

Supported by Buzzcut, Forest Fringe and Fierce FWD. Seed commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre and Leeds Library through Room 700.

Supported at Heads Up Festival by the British Council.

Selina Thompson is a UK based artist, performer, and writer. Her practice is primarily intimate, political, and participatory, with a strong strand of public engagement that then leads to joyous, highly visual work that seeks to connect to those often marginalized by the arts.

Since 2013, her live work has reached over 8,000 people. In 2016, she retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle to Ghana and Jamaica in research for her new show salt. From 2017-20, she is working with teenage girls in five different UK cities to make new performances about their lives.